COLOSSIANS: YOU ARE FILLED WITH THE FULLNESS OF GOD {DAY 1}

YOU ARE FILLED WITH THE FULLNESS OF GOD

COLOSSIANS: BELIEVING THE POWER OF THE FULLNESS OF GOD THROUGH CHRIST LIVING IN YOU!

READ: COLOSSIANS 1

“For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him who is the head of all rule and authority.” {Colossians 2:2:9-10}

For much of my life, my identity could easily be summed up in a striving for who I believed Christ created me to be versus trusting who I already was in Christ.  It’s that seeking perfection and then I’ll live, mentality.  It’s believing that I would one day have this “I have arrived!” moment where my earthly identity would suddenly match up with this perfect person I believe Christ created me to be.

Crazy, right? And what a waste of time waiting to arrive.

Life is a beautiful journey and it’s the imperfect parts in each of us that binds us in relationship with one another and reveals our beautiful creator.

We live in a world that is constantly telling us who to be. What to believe and how to act. It can be overwhelming to say the least. For some of us, when you combine the worlds inundation to be perfect with our own internal dialog…look out!  We no longer need to seek out information, information is bombarding us daily. The challenge becomes finding a respite from the noise or where we can collect our thoughts and focus our attention on God’s design.

In the never ending information stream charging at us, it’s growing more difficult to hold on to the Truth we know, and often even more grueling to change our thinking when we pick up false beliefs centered around our identity along the way.  But, with God it is possible to recast our thoughts!  For me, I needed to replace the lie that I had to become perfect before I’m worthy of anything great with the Truth that I am already made perfect in Christ.

“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” {Hebrews 10:14, ESV}

When we struggle with a negative thought or bad habit for a really long time, it can feel nearly impossible to change that habit. And, unfortunately, there is very strong scientific and neurological evidence for why that is true.  Our brains actually form these neurological highway of our thoughts and habits.   The longer we do something, the deeper that pathway becomes.  It’s like a path through the woods, the more people walk on that single path the deeper and more tread upon the path becomes. Try covering it up or make a new path would take some serious reconstruction.  In the same way, those deep ingrained pathways in our brain remember and it takes constant repetition in a different direction to begin to rewrite our habits.

But there is good news!

God promises us that through Him — we can be renewed in our minds:

“be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” {Ephesians 4:23-24, ESV}

If resetting your mind is something you struggle with, there is a fantastic christian speaker who has spent a lifetime studying the brain and it’s ability to change, her name is Dr. Caroline Leaf.  I highly recommend checking out one of her talks {Click here}.   She has some incredible biblical and scientific insight into the ability of our minds to be changed that has really helped me over the years.

Friends, it is completely possible to change the way we think!  And more importantly, to reconcile our minds with Gods Truth. To redirect our thoughts from comparison, perfectionism and a false belief of our identity,  to an understanding that our worth and identity is firmly found in Christ alone!

You are fearfully and wonderfully made right now, nothing added!

As we deep dive into God’s Word and the book of Colossians, let’s look to Paul’s encouragement that we have been filled up with the complete fullness of Christ dwelling within us.  A fullness of strength and power that helps us in whatever endeavor is before us and especially the power to re-write our wrong thinking and doing!

Let’s walk in the filled-up Spirit we have been given today!

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SHE REFLECTS & APPLIES

Q: Have you lived by a false belief in who you are or where your identity stems from?  What have you been believing?

Q: How can you start to rewrite the wrong thinking you’ve picked up?

Q: What are some Truths about who you are in Christ?  Write them out and commit them to memory.

Feature Image: Frances Gunn

BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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